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Graphic Design

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Message From the Chair

Welcome to the College of Design and the Department of Graphic Design. My name is Bernard J. Canniffe, and I am proud, honored and humbled to be the new chair of this department.

I come to Iowa State University from more than 20 years of teaching in private art and design education. A little over half that time has been spent chairing graphic design departments and multiple programs—most recently at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Although I am new to public art and design education and specifically to working at a state university, I am not new to Iowa. My wife, Lisa, was born and raised in Davenport, and our children were born in Sioux City. We are delighted to be back in Iowa, and it is a constant joy to be associated with a land-grant university.

This fall the department is developing what is tentatively called Town Hall, a series of meetings we hope will take place every semester and become a forum for us to engage in a conversation about the future of design. We are also working on a graphic design speaker series.

My door is always open. I look forward to hearing from you and to sharing this journey together.

Bernard J. Canniffe
Professor and Chair

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